Star Trek Into Darkness Review … in 3D!

I typically try not to spoil anything for anybody, but in this post, I will be revealing spoilers, so don’t read this unless you’ve seen it. You’ve been warned.

3D, huh? Yeah, this was my first 3D movie. In fact, it was IMAX 3D … so many capital letters, it must be good. Anyway, I must admit, I have long criticized the idea of 3D movies. I had no interest in seeing a movie with the technology, and I didn’t feel like it would add to the experience.

I was wrong. 3D was pretty intense. I have a bit of trepidation concerning heights, and the 3D effect at times, when it was a high-up shot over a city, made me squirm in my seat. I’m not saying every movie should be in 3D, and I don’t like it when scenes are filmed in a way solely for the purpose of improving the 3D experience (arrows flying toward the camera, for example), but it was cool, and for a movie like Star Trek Into Darkness, it was a great fit.

OK, so what about the movie? OK, but let me take a moment and talk about this cast. Yes, they’re all very pretty (minus Simon Pegg, but he has a beautiful personality), but they have absolutely no chemistry. I mean, when you watch Shatner and Nimoy as middle-aged+ men in the Enterprise, you know that they’ve worked together for a long time. You feel a certain camaraderie between the crew, yet I don’t feel that with this new crew. They’re all (supposed to be) very young. They’re fresh out of academy and have spent very little time together, yet we’re supposed to believe that they have the sort of bond that we see in the original cast.

There’s this really awkward moment between Kirk and Spock, where the two are separated and put into different ships. Though Spock has basically screwed Kirk over, and again, they show no real signs of closeness (remember that they didn’t know each other at the academy and that Spock was basically just a dick to him when he first came aboard), Kirk says to him, “I’m going to miss you.” He then waits for Spock to respond in kind, and he does not. It’s sad and weak.

This is perhaps my biggest knock on the reboot so far … they try to show emotional stakes that they haven’t earned. Plus, Chris Pine is, sadly, no Shatner. There. I said it.

OK! OK! What about the movie?! Eugh … why must I be so cynical? I don’t know what to say. The things I liked about this movie were stolen from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Yes, the bad guy is Khan {I WARNED YOU!}). I know they’re replaying the timeline, and I appreciate that Khan should probably show up in this reboot, but the way it was done was often a lame copy.

I mean, Abrams gets clever in that it’s Spock who shouts “KHAAAAAAN!” this time (which is horribly delivered, by the way). I don’t know. The basic premise of an admiral who is trying to bait the Klingons into war is an excellent one. I just wish it didn’t have to ride on the coattails of the original movie so much.

Also, can we stop betraying the Star Trek universe so much? I mean, at one point, Khan beams from Earth to Kronos. If that’s possible, why the heck does anyone take a ship anywhere? Also, does Abrams have to reinvent the way Klingons have looked for so long? I feel like these sort of inventions are wholly unnecessary and do little more than to create questions about the plot and the universe.

So, you didn’t like it. Well, I don’t know how I feel. It’s not up to snuff with some of the original Star Trek movies, in that they did not rely on constant action scenes and rehashed story lines. I miss the moral questions Kirk would face in conversations with Bones (his humanity) and Spock (his logic). I feel like the question of “Should we do this?” dropped to the cutting room floor for more phaser battles and gratuitous girl-in-underwear shots.

Still, it was fun. I’ll give it that. It was a very fun movie, and if the element of baiting the Klingons into war was better pulled off, it could have been excellent. I suppose I would say it was decent, not great. It’s worth a watch, especially if you can do so in 3D, but I would suggest you don’t get your hopes too high.

But that’s my take. What do you think?

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